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Watch: Shocking moment cyclist hit by car at busy city junction

Published 12/11/2015 | 14:07

A cyclist from Cork has posted a video online which shows him being hit by a car at a busy Dublin junction.

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The cyclist, who wishes to be named only as 'Andy', was on his way to work at 5.30pm last Tuesday when the incident occured.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Andy said that he "noticed there was a car indicating to turn right" as he moved to the right hand side of the road in order to make the turn.

However, the car appeared to be "almost stopped" so "in that instant, it seemed safe to move forward".

Andy alleges that as he moved forward, "the car accelerated across the junction" and he "realised the car had not seen me".

Andy braked "to almost a stop before the collision" but made contact with the car at speed.

Andy's helmet cam.
Andy's helmet cam.

"I don't know what speed... but my body left a dent in the bonnet".

He confirms that his bike received minimal damage and he has "no lasting injuries".

He reports that his initial response was anger.

"I proceeded to shout a profanity in the general direction of the car".

"A truck driver to my left asked me was I OK and told me politely to calm down... at that point, I started to collect my thoughts and try to calm down".

"The driver pulled over and got out of the car... she began to apologise to me".

"We exchanged details and she agreed to pay for the damages".

Andy(20), who works as a bicycle courier in the city, has said the incident has not put him off cycling.

"I will admit I'm now looking at things more cautiously... but I cycle everyday. It's not going to change me massively".

"If you consider how many people cycle each day and how many incidents there are, it's probably no more dangerous than a car... I could be corrected though".

Andy runs the YouTube account 'Cycling Dubliner' which catalogues incidences recorded by his helmet cam in the city.

"Ninety percent of the footage gets deleted. It's only the two per cent where something happens that gets uploaded".

Andy says he would post footage even if he was the party at fault.

"If it was educational - if I thought someone would watch it and think, OK I won't cycle like that... if it was useful, I would upload".

The driver declined to comment when contacted by Independent.ie.

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